2/25 Open House Meetings to Look at Improving Washington County Bus and Taxi Services

The Southeastern Wisconsin Regional Planning Commission has scheduled three meetings for next week in order to get the public involved in discussing options for improving Washington County public transit services. Washington County and the commission are preparing a five-year plan to improve services provided by the county's Commuter Express bus and Shared-Ride Taxi, as well as Hartford City Taxi and West Bend City Taxi. Several Commuter bus service alternatives are under consideration including, eliminating routes with lowest ridership; adding service to additional destinations, such as Mitchell Airport; starting a route to the City of Fond du Lac; adding service to Hartford and Slinger; raising fares; and adding northbound service from Milwaukee County for workers who need to commute to jobs at the Germantown industrial park and West Bend.  Taxi service changes being evaluated include; opening a new county taxi depot in Germantown; merging the county shared-ride system with city taxis; merging the county service with Ozaukee County's taxi service; raising fares; and extending hours of service. The meeting schedule will be Tuesday March fourth 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at Cabela’s in Richfield. Wednesday March fifth, 5:30 to 8:30 p.m.  at West Bend Community Library.  Thursday March sixth, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.  at Jack Russell Memorial Library in Hartford. Each meeting is scheduled as an open house so the public can attend at any time. Planning Commission staff will discuss transit options at 6 p.m. Participants can drop off written comments at the meetings or speak to a court reporter or commission staff to provide oral comments.
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